Saturday, March 22, 2008

Good Food in Bags, Part 2

OMG. I am SO bummed because we have run out of Mediterranean-Flavored Terra Chips. I'm sure everyone is familiar with these exotic root vegetable chips but this flavor is particularly good. It's garlicy and tangy and soooo good.

Here's a shot from a few days ago before SOMEONE finished the bag (not me). The chips were a little crushed but a quick rundown. Sigh, if only we had some left I would eat them right now.

My Favorite Neighborhood Juice Joint

I used to struggle with how pricey fresh-squeezed juice was until my husband brought up the fact that a typical well-drink, pint, or glass of wine is way pricier and that juice is so much better for you (well, except for maybe the red wine). I'm glad he brought this up, otherwise we would have never discovered Urban Spring, an adorable organic juice and snack bar in Fort Greene with the freshest and most satisfying smoothies and juices. Here are our favorites:

Beet, carrot, spinach or Beet, carrot, ginger juice. The dark red color is really beautiful and tastes great.

My fave! The acai-almond comes with pure acai, sprouted almonds, coconut oil, banana, agave nectar, and soymilk. It's super-filling. I've even skipped meals because of it (ok, only once).

By the way, they also serve a bunch of different healthy vegetarian and vegan options that all sound yummy.

I Also Heart Duck Confit

Duck confit is #2 on my list of favorite foods. If you've never had duck confit, you have been missing out. What is it? It's duck, typically the leg that has been kept overnight for a couple of days then cooked slowly in it's own rendered fat. When done right, it is phenomenal -- succulent, extremely flavorful, decadent and absolutely delicious. The above is a shot of the duck confit served at Casimir, a lovely boisterous French bistro in the East Village. It comes with a side of garlic roasted potatoes and a frisee and bacon salad. It's a little hit or miss at Casimir -- most of the times it's a hit, but I have to say it was a little dry when I had it last night.

The baguette however was spot-on and so was the Cotes du Rhone...

And the garlic spinach was excellent. Perfectly wilted and seasoned. I forgot to take a picture of the La Pompadour salad, which was perhaps the highlight of the whole meal. It's baby arugula, toasted walnuts, goat cheese and roasted beets in a vinaigrette. Mmm...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Good Food in Bags (part 1)

If you have never had Popcorn Indiana's Kettle Corn, I say "Get thee to a grocery or convenience store, now!" Not being much of a junk food eater or a dessert person, this sort of thing typically does not appeal to me, but the delicate balance of sweet and salty is just perfect! This stuff is so addictive you will eat all 12 oz. at one sitting! The good news though, is that it's still popcorn and eating the whole bag really isn't that bad for you. Yay!

Yum. The darker pieces are the sugar-coated ones, the lighter are lightly salted. Mmmm... This stuff, by the way also comes in unusual flavors like Summer BBQ and Smoked Cheddar and even Chili Con Queso. They sound totally bizarre but are equally as good! But note, they are not nearly as healthy as the original.

Four days of lentil soup

I've been eating the same lentil soup for 4 days! We made this soup on Sunday and accidentally made the whole batch; not realizing that it serves 8-10! I don't know if it's because I've been sick, but strangely I've had it every day since and have not gotten tired of it. It's a great, complex and flavorful soup from Ina Gartner that is full of carrots, onions, leeks, and French green lentils. A splash of red wine gives it added bite. In the above pic I shaved a little Manchego over it, but it really isn't necessary. The above is a vegetarian version but the first two days we replaced the kielbasa that is called for in the recipe with Al Fresco Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage, but rather than adding them to the pot we just pan-fried them and cut them up over the soup, which made them a lot juicier and more flavorful. Delicious!